Public Use, Access, Safety Standards and Camping Regulations

Idaho Power’s public use, safety standards and camping regulations are intended to promote public safety on Idaho Power lands. Respect the rules, the property and privacy of other visitors and Idaho Power employees. All applicable county, federal and state laws are in effect. Any person violating applicable laws or Idaho Power’s terms of use including but not limited to, engaging in disruptive or destructive behavior (determined by the sole discretion of Idaho Power staff) shall be considered in trespass and shall immediately vacate the area, and no refunds for reservations shall be issued.

Idaho Power’s intent is to allow reasonable access to designated public use areas. Public access includes, but is not limited to, activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting and camping.

Hunting, trapping and fishing are permitted on Idaho Power lands, unless the area is posted otherwise. Hunting and trapping are not allowed in developed recreation sites or parks. Hunters and anglers must comply with all federal, state and local regulations. Nothing in this section shall revoke the rights of Native Americans to hunt, fish and gather.

Idaho Power is in compliance with the American Disabilities Act and provides barrier free access to appropriate public use areas.

Responsible stewardship of natural resources is a fundamental Idaho Power value. In return for the privilege of using Idaho Power lands, Idaho Power asks that the public also respect the special resource values associated with these lands by demonstrating good stewardship. Trespassing on Idaho Power lands not open for public use is prohibited.

Camping Stay Limits

Idaho Power’s 14-day stay limit begins at 2 p.m. MDT the day of your arrival and applies to developed campground facilities and undeveloped/dispersed sites. You are required to remove all camping equipment from the camping area. Camping equipment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Tents
  • Vehicles
  • Boats, water craft
  • Recreation vehicles
  • All personal possessions including pets

You must relocate at least 5 miles from your original camping area for at least five days if you are camped in a dispersed site. During those five days, you may visit any other Idaho Power lands, including parks. After the five days, you may return to your original area, if space is available.

During your stay, you must use the appropriate sanitation facilities. Please remove your waste and trash when you leave. Help us maintain the incredible beauty of the area by leaving the site in better condition than when you found it.

General Camping Regulations

  1. All overnight camping, with or without hookups, is subject to the posted fees when applicable and are due within two hours of arrival.
  2. Check-in time is 2 p.m. MDT (local park time).
  3. Check-out time is 1 p.m. MDT (local park time).
  4. All parks have a noise curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. MDT. Idaho Power requires all guests observe this curfew.
  5. Only one camping unit per designated campsite is permitted.
    Campsite: Defined site designated for overnight camping.
    Camping unit: Any party consisting of not more than eight persons and any one of the following:

    • A camper/vehicle combination
    • One vehicle and two tents
    • A boat moored to a dock or shore used for sleeping
    • One vehicle and boat used for sleeping
  6. Keep all equipment, personal belongings and vehicles within the designated campsite.
  7. Campsites cannot be reserved or used for equipment only; they must be occupied.
  8. Visitors cannot move from one campsite to another without permission from park staff. No exceptions.
  9. If a person’s equipment, personal belongings, camping unit and/or vehicle are in a reserved site after the check-out time or left unattended; or considered a hazard, Idaho Power reserves the right to relocate these items within its own discretion. As a term of use and access, visitors release Idaho Power of any potential liability for damage to such items that may occur during said relocation.
  10. Park boats and trailers in designated areas only, unless using it as the primary camping unit.
  11. All motorized vehicles must stay on established roads or parking areas and operators must possess a valid operator’s license. Motorized vehicle: Any self-propelled vehicle except for motorized wheelchairs.
  12. Visitors must have a state issue disability sticker or ADA placard to operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or any off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in campgrounds. No exceptions.
  13. Pets may not be left unattended and must be restrained and/or kept on a six-foot leash at all times. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to ensure pets do not disturb other visitors. Pet owners must clean up and properly dispose of animal feces in the waste receptacles.
  14. Dump all wastewater and gray water in designated dump stations. Place all trash in the waste receptacles, never in the fire rings.
  15. Keep all fires in either the grills or the fire rings provided by Idaho Power.
  16. Idaho Power prohibits fireworks or the discharge of any firearm or device that propels a projectile within or near any park.
  17. Companies, organizations or individuals wishing to use Idaho Power facilities for large gatherings, picnics, vending merchandise or providing other services such as catering, etc., must obtain permission in advance from Idaho Power personnel.
  18. You must work with and receive permission from park management staff for any circumstances not listed above.

Park Information

Hells Canyon Area: 208-388-2231
C.J. Strike Area: 208-388-2231
Idaho Power’s toll-free Recreation Information Line: 1-800-422-3143

Reservation Policies

Reservations, Payment, Cancellations, No Shows and Refund Policies

Making a Reservation

  • Campsites and day-use picnic shelters can be reserved year round. You can make reservations up to nine months in advance.
  • Campground reservations are available via the internet, or by phone at 1-844-472-7275.
  • Reservations must be made by 10 am MDT of the first day of your stay.
  • Online reservations are available 24/7/365.
  • The call center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT Sunday through Friday, except holidays.
  • All times are Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).
  • A non-refundable reservation service fee of $10 will be assessed for online reservations.
  • A non-refundable reservation service fee of $15 will be assessed for phone reservations.

Group Reservations

  • Group reservations (up to five sites) can be made under one name online for the standard reservation fee of $10 per site.


  • Full payment is required upon completion of your reservation.
  • Reservation, cancellation and change fees are non-refundable. No exceptions.

Reservation Cancellations

  • Reservations can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to arrival date for a fee of $10.
  • To receive a refund for early departures, campers must cancel online or with the camp host. Refunds will be provided for the remaining days and a $10 cancellation fee will be assessed.
  • Cancellations received after 1 p.m. MDT will result in the forfeiture of that day’s campsite or day-use picnic shelter fees.

Reservation Changes

  • Changes can be made by phone only: 1-844-472-7275
  • A fee of $10 will be assessed to make a change to a reservation.

No Shows

  • A reserved campsite will be held until 1 p.m. MDT on the second day of the reservation.
  • If a customer does not arrive at the park, or call 1-844-472-7275 to cancel by the day after the initial reservation arrival date, they will not be eligible for any refund.